"Where's the chief?" they asked.
"Well, he seemed not interested in joining us," Camille shrugged. "I asked him and even offered to buy him a drink. But he didn't say anything."
Dwayne and Fidel exchanged glances.
"What?" Camille demanded.
"Well, it's just that you are usually able to persuade him to come for after-work drinks, Camille," explained Fidel.
"Is your convincing power waning?" teased Dwayne.
"Hey, it's not like my convincing power works every time." She shrugged again. "Maybe he really is not just in the mood to celebrate."
"But we solved a murder and he successfully brought back romance to the lives of his parents," said Fidel, confused.
Camille didn't say anything. She really didn't have any explanation to give to Fidel.
Usually, she would come up with an excuse for their boss' unsociable behaviour accompanied by righteous anger and frustration. But surprisingly tonight, she was not seething at all.
In fact, she felt like she had finally accepted something. She took a swig of her beer and remained silent.
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